Still No Way To Contribute To Alison Grimes

Former Owsley County Clerk Sid Gabbard had a deficit of $132,305 in his office in 2011, according to an audit released Tuesday. [H-L]

Democrats believe their path to victory over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) runs through the generational divide between him and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes, a candidate half the Kentucky senator’s age whose campaign is already targeting younger, female voters. Interesting watching these Grimes folks – who so nastily and personally attacked Ashley Judd – complaining about being criticized for an embarrassingly bad rollout. [The Hill]

Did you hear about the latest from Martha Jane King? She’s fighting hard to get the state to spend money on a lake… that she lives on and 95% of the area population ignore. [Click the Clicky]

A former FBI chief will probe alleged misconduct over payments to settle claims for the BP Gulf oil spill. Louis Freeh was appointed by Judge Carl Barbier, who is hearing civil cases over the disaster in 2010. [BBC]

A Lexington company says it has begun work on a coal mine in western Kentucky that is expected to begin production next year and eventually employ up to 250 miners. [WKYT]

You know it’s bad news when the national press is allowing you to portray yourself (without any media intervention) as someone who didn’t know you were running for the U.S. Senate until moments before announcing. And then pretending that it wasn’t an announcement. [Politico]

The day after Rand Paul suggested the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act could lead to people marrying animals, Dave Weigel, who writes about politics for Slate, noted that the Kentucky senator “has never been tested by the prez campaign press corps Gaffewatch machine.” [C-J/AKN]

The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. Its new report says more national temperature records were reported broken than in previous decades. [BBC]

An employee of the Lexington Movie Tavern has been indicted on an arson charge in connection with a fire in the theater manager’s office. [H-L]

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the homicide convictions of a mother and father who prayed for their dying daughter instead of seeking medical care. [Reuters]

It wasn’t the smoothest of political announcements, although it would be hard to match for suspense. When Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 34-year-old Democratic first-term Secretary of State, entered the downstairs of the building on Democrat Drive here Monday, there was no guarantee she would tell supporters she was running for the U.S. Senate against Kentucky’s most powerful Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell. [Richmond Register]

A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off? [NPR]

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